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A floral 2016 Vincent Paris, St. Joseph Les Cotes

September 11, 2018 Leave a comment

The 2016 Vincent Paris, St. Joseph Les Cotes  is a floral and pure Saint-Joseph to be drunk over the next several years.  It does not have the stuffing of the 2014 vintage which means you can enjoy its unique flavor right now!  You may find it at MacArthur Beverages.

2016 Vincent Paris, St. Joseph Les Cotes – $27
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from vines planted in the 1990s. It was rained in both tank and used oak. Alcohol 12.5 %. Aromatic and decisively floral. Again, floral in the mouth with lifted, delicate fruit that is pure and clean. It reveals some fat with tannins and an underpinning of minerals. This medium-bodied wine has unique flavor and tang. It should develop quickly. ***(*) Now – 2022.

A pair of 2017 Beaujolais

September 11, 2018 Leave a comment

I grabbed a pair of 2017 Beaujolais off the shelves at MacArthur Beverages this past weekend.  These two wines are more in line with the 2016 vintage than the 2015 but even then, are ultimately more grapey and brighter in flavor.  In this light, the 2017 Kermit Lynch (Domaine Dupeuble), Beaujolais will offer plenty of flavor to be drunk over the next year or two.  Hail hit Beaujolais for another year in a row during the 2017 vintage.  The 2017 Marcel Lapierre, Beaujolais contains no fruit from the Côte du Puy which I cannot help but believe shaped this wine.  The 2016 vintage was crisp and energetic from the start, making a good drink upon release.  This 2017 vintage is firm, with good material, leaving the impression that it will drink better next year.  I will try it again this winter.

2017 Kermit Lynch (Domaine Dupeuble), Beaujolais – $14
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  Alcohol 13.5%.  Good floral and firm, grapey fruit.  There is some texture, crisp and watering acidity, with some baking spice flavor in the end.  Grapey, young, not too deep, but with a good amount of flavor. **(*) Now – 2019.

2017 Marcel Lapierre, Beaujolais – $30
Imported by Kermit Lynch.  Alcohol 13.5%.  Tart red fruit defines itself as cranberry and raspberry with supportive acidity and some firmness with fine structure.  It should develop over the rather short-term.  This is a fruity wine to start, pure in flavor, becoming more firm and dry with air.  It tastes like Beaujolais and not the Rhone.  It becomes almost grapey with powdery flavor.  ***(*) Now – 2025.

Tasty 2016 La Tunella, Rjgialla Ribolla Gialla

September 7, 2018 Leave a comment

I am admittedly lacking when it comes to my experience with Italian white wines.  For those like me, I recommend you try the 2016 La Tunella, Rjgialla Ribolla Gialla, Friuli Colli Orientali.  This is a good wine to drink right now with plenty of good body to the white flavors yet there is acidity and minerality to make it appropriate for our humid weather.  Thanks to Tim at MacArthur Beverages for the recommendation.

2016 La Tunella, Rjgialla Ribolla Gialla, Friuli Colli Orientali – $19
Imported by Cantiniere.  This wine is 100% Ribolla Gialla that was fermented for 30-40 days then aged sur lie in stainless steel  Alcohol 13%.  Flavors of white nuts and white fruit exist within plenty of body only to take on some toasty yeast in the finish.  The wine is textured with supportive acidity from the start.  It wraps up with a cut of minerality and an oily finish.  *** Now but will last.

The well-flavored 2015 Arterberry Maresh, Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills

September 6, 2018 2 comments

The 2015 Arterberry Maresh, Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills reflects long family roots in Oregon winemaking.  It is not what I would call modern, being pure in fruit with ethereal flavors made even more engaging by a surprisingly oily body and mineral end.  It is a steal at $25 per bottle and remains confirmation of Dick Erath’s opinion that Pinot Noir would grow well here.  It is advice the Maresh family accepted when they planted their vineyard in 1970.  Grab what you can at MacArthur Beverages.

2015 Arterberry Maresh, Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills – $25
Alcohol 14%.  A good Pinot nose.  Ripe flavors of strawberry are lifted and ethereal, existing around a core of firmer, cherry flavor.  There is watering acidity throughout and a touch of structure at the end to support a bit more development.  With air, this mouth filling wine takes on an oily body, mineral end, and hint of baking spices.  It is well-flavored, pure, and enjoyable right now.  ***(*) Now – 2025.

Ending the summer with Marsanne, Saint-Joseph

September 5, 2018 Leave a comment

It was a long summer in Maryland this year.  The weather is still hot and humid so despite the start of school, I find it hard to transition out of a vacation mindset.  But I must as I have drunk a number of interesting wines including the 2016 Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne, Saint-Joseph.  The wines of Saint-Joseph remain my go-to choice for the Northern Rhone given their affordability.  Prices are ticking up with the cult Gonon now reaching over $100 per bottle.  From the same village of Mauves, the Marsanne family have been cultivating vines for generations.  This is the first vintage of Marsanne that I have drunk and I know it will not be the last.  It is a dense, savory wine which has a good amount of stuffing but maintains a floral edge for delicacy.  With a few hours of air it drinks very well but I imagine it will unfurl over the next few years.  Take note!  You may find it at MacArthur Beverages.

2016 Domaine Jean-Claude Marsanne, Saint-Joseph – $37
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is 100% Syrah sourced from 39 year old vines on granitic soil.  It was fermented in stainless steel vats then aged for 12 months in oak barrels.   Alcohol 13.5%.  Dense and savory with a floral edge to the black, almost bitter, fruit.  There is good presence in this clean, quite weighty wine, which has a bit of structure evident in the aftertaste.  With air the wine becomes sweeter and riper, showing a little fat for luxury, all balanced by supportive acidity.  A touch of cinnamon even pops up.  **** Now – 2028.